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Tuesday, 6 November 1973

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Media whether his attention was drawn to a statement by Senator James McClelland, the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Science and the Arts, that TCN

Channel 9 should lose its television licence because it failed to give the Australian Labor Party free time on television. Does the Minister for the Media agree with Senator James McClelland or is this attitude totally unacceptable as TCN 9 has not been guilty of any breach of the Broadcasting and Television Act? Also, is it a fact that one political party, the Liberal Party, required prime viewing time and obtained it between 8.30 and 9.30 p.m. and so was prepared to pay for it? Is it a fact that other television stations, which made no charge for political broadcasts, put those programs on at 11.15 p.m. when, as the Minister would agree, ratings would be particularly low? Will the Minister give us his view on these matters?

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